A Watertown man who was already facing charges of lying to the state Department of Revenue and the IRS about how much money he was making at fried-chicken take-out places in Roxbury and Chelsea now faces a new charge that could see him stripped of his US citizenship.
In a new indictment released yesterday, Burhan Ud Din, 49, of Watertown, was charged with lying under oath about not owing overdue taxes during his naturalization process in 2009. The new charge is in addition to several tax-related charges filed last year.
The feds charge Din acted as one of several frontmen for Hazrat Khan, a Pakistani national living in the Catskills, and Khurshed Iqbal, who recruited fellow Pakistanis and Pakistani-Americans to act as the owners of fried-chicken joints in the Boston area and to help them siphon off money by under-reporting revenues and employee pay on state and federal tax returns. Khan pleaded guilty last year and received a 2 1/2-year prison sentence, which he is currently serving in a private prison in Philipsburg, PA. Iqbal fled and is on the lam, authorities say. Khan faces deportation after his release.
Din was listed as the owner of Kennedy Fried Chicken, 1041 Tremont St. in Roxbury and Crown Fried Chicken, 895 Broadway in Chelsea.
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports Din's naturalization charge stems from the tax-evasion charges and says that if convicted on the charges of one count of making false statements under oath in a naturalization matter and procurement of naturalization contrary to law, he could face prison time and would have his US citizenship revoked.
Last year, the Boston Licensing Board shut down New York Fried Chicken in Hyde Park after its alleged owner pleaded guilty to his role in the fried-chicken ring.
That man, Riaz Ali Shah, faces sentencing on May 24.